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‘Absolutely rotten’ — Moyes fumes over Aussie’s ‘scandalous’ decision in 2-1 West Ham loss vs Chelsea

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‘Absolutely rotten’ — Moyes fumes over Aussie’s ‘scandalous’ decision in 2-1 West Ham loss vs Chelsea

Kai Havertz scored the game-winning goal late in a high-spending On Saturday, Chelsea earned a contentious 2-1 victory over West Ham, while Manchester City were kept to a 1-1 draw by Leon Bailey’s late equalizer for struggling Aston Villa.

West Ham manager David Moyes claimed he felt “embarrassed” for VAR official Jarred Gillett after his team’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday due to a disputed last play.

Moyes, who called it a “scandalous decision,” engaged in a heated argument with referee Andy Madley at the end of the match after the Hammers were denied a late equalizer after Maxwel Cornet’s strike was ruled offside by VAR.

Madley awarded the goal, disregarding Jarrod Bowen’s contact with Edouard Mendy following the Chelsea goalkeeper’s error.

The goal was disallowed after VAR asked Madley to evaluate the incident on the pitchside monitors.

Moyes vented his ire during a post-match news conference following a London derby in which Michail Antonio’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Chelsea substitute Ben Chilwell before Kai Havertz scored the game-winning goal for the Blues with two minutes remaining.

The Scottish manager maintained he had “lost faith” in the “weak” refereeing standards in the Premier League after the “absolutely rotten  decision.”

Moyes commented on Cornet’s disallowed goal: “The goalkeeper comes to take it, and actually fumbles it out of his hands five or six yards, so he could never recover it.

“Then he acted as if he had a shoulder injury. I’m amazed that VAR sent the referee for him to see it … It was a ridiculously bad decision.

“I’d question VAR today as much as the referee. But the referee should have stuck to his own guns today.

“There’s no excuse for VAR today, there is no excuse for that to be a goal, none whatsoever. The sad thing is this is the level of the weak refereeing at the moment.” He added: “Look, ultimately, I make loads of mistakes, referees can make loads of mistakes. But I would hope if the referee made a mistake that’s why it’s corrected by VAR.

“But if you’re saying today that the referee’s mistake was corrected by VAR, I’m saying I do not see that in a million years.

“And I’m actually more embarrassed for the guy who did the VAR than I am even for the referee.” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, unsurprisingly, took a different view. “It (VAR) obviously went in our favour today, and there’s a reason I think it went in our favour: it’s my opinion, and I don’t know if everyone shares the opinion, that it’s very clear it’s a foul,” said the Blues boss.

‘Absolutely rotten’ — Moyes fumes over Aussie’s ‘scandalous’ decision in 2-1 West Ham loss vs Chelsea

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